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October 19, 2017 | All Day
Category: Conference
Location: Oakland Center - Educational Outreach | Map
33737 W 12 Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48331
Cost: varied
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty

Dates: Thursday, October 19, 2017 and Friday, October 20, 2017
*attendees may choose to register and attend both days of training or one day – information below
Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Wayne State University, Oakland Center, 33737 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, 48331
Speakers: Leslie Lundahl, PhD and Ruth Paris, PhD, LICSW

Hosted by WSU Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute. Register through the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health HERE


Thursday, October 19, 2017
“Working with Substance Abusing Youth and Their Families: Keeping In Mind the Developmental Context” with Leslie Lundahl, PhD, Assistant Professor Substance Abuse Research Division Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences WSU, School of Medicine.

Training Description: Adolescents present with unique cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and moral developmental issues, differences in their values and belief systems, and environmental considerations (e.g., strong peer influences, family environment), all facets of the adolescent’s experience which should be addressed in treatment planning and implementation.  It is important for professionals who come into regular contact with adolescents and their families to: 1) understand the effects of drugs on the adolescent brain; 2) recognize signs and symptoms of substance use; 3), know how to screen for and assess substance abuse; and, 4) design an appropriate treatment plan with adolescents and their families. Evidence-based, behavioral interventions for adolescent substance abuse may be improved by considering the developmental context. A combination of lecture and interactive learning, and group activities will be used to address some of the challenges of working with substance abusing youth and their families.

Friday, October 20, 2107
Parents with Substance Use Disorders Who Have Young Children: The Complexities of Therapeutic Intervention” with Ruth Paris, PhD, LICSW, Assoc. Professor and Director, Family Therapy Certification Program Boston University School of Social Work.

Training Description: Parents with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) often have histories of multiple trauma exposures, elevated levels of psychological distress (Suchman, et al., 2005) and decreased capacities to understand and reflect upon their children’s development and emotional experience (RF, reflective functioning) (Levy, Truman, & Mayes, 2001). Their young children may also experience increased trauma exposure and impaired cognitive, social and emotional development. All of these factors can contribute to dysfunction in parent-child interactions, attachment insecurities and potential child maltreatment. In this workshop, the presenter will first describe current research relevant to parenting in the context of traumatic stress and substance misuse. Second, a critique of some common approaches to programs for parents with substance use disorders will be offered. Third, a rationale will be explained for a dyadic intervention with these parents and their young children, which takes into account attachment and focuses on reflective functioning and emotion regulation. Finally, the intervention, which strives to promote developmental progress and resilience, while supporting recovery from substance misuse will be described along with evaluation findings.


Who Will Benefit: Social Workers and other Professionals working with infants and families

Registration Includes: Continental breakfast and continuing education credits – Lunch is not included.


Continuing Education Information – 11.0 training hours (5.5 per day):

Social Work – 11.0 Michigan SW CEU’s Pending
IMH Endorsement® – Will count towards the requirements for the MI-AIMH Endorsement®
Licensed Professional Counselors – NBCC Hours – Please note that this training DOES NOT carry NBCC clock hours.

MI-AIMH Competencies:
Family relationships and dynamics; Screening and assessment; Treatment planning; Analyzing information; Research and evaluation; Relationship-based therapeutic practice; Parent-infant/young child relationship-based therapies and practices; Responding with empathy

For more information about this event, please contact Beverly Weathington at (313) 664-2526 or ac8787@wayne.edu.